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Meet the Team

FiscalNote began with a team of three in June 2013 and has been growing exponentially ever since.

Tim Hwang

Chief Executive Officer

Tim loves coming into work every day to build and work with a world-class team of FiscalNoters to deliver products that continuously improve the lives of our customers. He is a graduate of Princeton University and is currently deferring Harvard Business School.

Gerald Yao

Chief Strategy Officer

Gerald has been working at start-up organizations since he was fifteen years old. He founded his first company, an online dessert decorations store, in high school. Gerald attended Emory University.

Jonathan Chen

Chief Technology Officer

Jonathan believes that technology drives creativity, and creativity ignites innovation.

Adam Nekola

Manager of Digital Content

With a background in journalism, Adam is self-taught in web development. He pitches in the Congressional Softball league. A child of Chicago, pizza is always on his mind.

Ajay Chadha

VP of Engineering

Ajay loves music. And when teams come together to build products, experiences, and services that meet business or consumer need, it's like being at the most perfect concert. He previously worked at Bloomberg, AOL and SAIC.

Alex Fein

Business Development Associate

Alex is a Business Management graduate from the University of Maryland, though he originally hails from the City of Brotherly Love. He is a huge fan of sports and music, and he never backs down from a competition.

Amanda Reed

Talent Specialist

Amanda has a penchant for creative content and a serious passion for people. Oh, and she tells a mean knock-knock joke.

Amanda Wynter

Business Development Associate

Amanda loves thinking through political problems. After graduating from Georgetown University, she did research at National Journal. She enjoys cooking, writing, and running along the Potomac.

Amy Dalebout

Associate Director of Operations

Amy loves making organizations work better. Previously with Ashoka, Amy strengthened operations in their US headquarters, Canada, and Indonesia offices. She holds an MPA.

Amy Plumley

Marketing Director

Amy has a passion for building and scaling high growth technology companies. She enjoys watching the Washington Football Team, travel and shooting holes in movie plots.

Andrew Hian-Cheong

Software Engineer

Andrew recently graduated from Georgetown University majoring in Computer Science and Government during which he interned in the Executive branch as well as Google. A scout, foodie, pun master, and musician, he also loves hackathons and board games.

Anna Tupy

Senior Customer Success Manager

Anna loves the idea of making policy information transparent, accessible, and useful for all those affected. A native to the DC area, she enjoys the emerging food scene, DC sports, and traveling to new places.

Anthony Destefano

Senior Software Engineer

Anthony does computers. He loves clean apis, verbose logs, and making bits communicate. When not coding, Anthony enjoys syncopated drum beats, crunchy guitars, and searching for patterns in the noise.

Arius Ford

Senior Business Development Associate

Arius began his career working for IBM and AT&T and graduated from Georgetown University. Outside of work he enjoys traveling the globe, sports, meeting new people and cheering on his beloved Dallas Cowboys.

Arthur Karell

VP of Operations and Chief of Staff

Arthur loves growing, organizing, and supporting a team of exceptionally talented people. Previously Arthur was an international compliance attorney and later a Marine combat leader.

Ashley Holofcener

Senior Business Development Associate

Ashley's career began in the consumer product goods world, in various sales strategy and marketing roles at Colgate-Palmolive. A retired collegiate athlete from William and Mary, she brings competitive spirit and leadership to the workplace. Traveling, fitness, Mexican food, and small fluffy dogs are a few of her favorite things.

Audrey Sullivan

Senior Marketing Coordinator

Audrey loves the mix of analytics and creativity that goes into marketing. A graduate of Wake Forest University, she enjoys Mexican food, Boston sports, and long discussions about Game of Thrones fan theories.

Benjamin Tousley

Software Engineer

Ben enjoys solving difficult problems and implementing clean, extensible interfaces.

Bill Palombi

Customer Success Manager

Bill believes in the power of data driven decision making and is passionate about helping clients use technology to make their data actionable. He is an alumnus of the University of Virginia, which he loves almost as much as he loves Batman.

Brandt Witt

Customer Success Manager

Brandt studied Political Economy and rowed Lightweight Crew at Georgetown. He loves helping customers use data and technology to guide decisions and optimize processes. Outside of work he craves travel, language, and culture.

Brian Grom

Senior Principal Scientist

A creative problem solver with over a decade of experience in NLP, Brian looks forward to making advances in the categorization and extraction of information from open sources.

Charles Garrison

Associate Director, Business Development

Coming from POLITICO with an extensive business development and media background, Charles has always been interested in the interplay between politics and technology. In his spare time he roots for all things DC sports related and enjoys hiking with his dog.

Chris Simpson

Senior Software Engineer

Engineering out of the box solutions to problems nobody even had before is what Chris does best. Chris has a helicopter that can get him tacos... Even when he doesn't want any...

Craig Burel

Sales Operations Manager

Craig was our first New York City hire. He previously worked on Morgan Stanley’s equity trading floor after receiving a BA in Economics from Lafayette College.

Crystal Yan

Associate Product Designer

Crystal Yan had previously worked at ACCION, Standard Chartered, StackMob (acq. by PayPal) and Infosys. Crystal graduated from Amherst College with a BA in Economics and suffers from chronic wanderlust.

Dan Maglasang

Tech Manager, Web Applications

Dan is a minimalist.

Daniel Argyle

Data Scientist

Daniel is an economist turned data scientist who likes to know everything that's going on in the world, especially sports and politics. He has a Ph.D. in economics from UCSB and a B.A. from BYU.

Daniel Liem

Associate Product Manager

Daniel recently graduated from Stanford in CS & is deferring his Masters. He's passionate about startups, products & venture capital. Outside, he loves photography, violin, piano, guitar & cycling. You can find him at

Daniel William Smith

Business Development Associate

Daniel graduated from Whittier College with a degree in Studies in American Law and received his J.D. from Charlotte School of Law. He has a passion for public policy, civil rights, and increasing government transparency. Daniel enjoys working out everyday, watching sports, and volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House.

Daryl Hok

Associate Product Manager

Daryl studied Economics and Psychology at Yale University. He is a Southern California native who is still trying to adjust to the East Coast. He enjoys playing volleyball, eating In-N-Out, and watching 24.

Dat Quach

Director of Engineering

Dat enjoys designing large-scale, highly available infrastructures in order to minimize downtime. He previously worked at Cisco, and completed his M.S. in CS at Brown University and his B.S. in CS at the University of Illinois.

David Strahs

QA Engineer

David was born and raised in the DC area. He studied linguistics at the University of Toronto and can play a mean country guitar solo.

Dev Shah

Software Engineer

Dev is a Dev(eloper). He enjoys sports, trying new foods, and engineering together hacks. He loves to promote a strong culture at FiscalNote by planning events like going to music festivals, renaissance fairs, or going to a play.

Earl Lee

Associate Product Manager

Earl is passionate about using technology to improve the world. He graduated Yale with a Computer Science degree. When he's offline, Earl practices Olympic weightlifting, cooks, and shoots photos.

Elle Brunsdale

Business Development Associate

Elle has a passion for public policy and is excited by the power of big data to improve decision-making. While born in D.C., Elle grew up in Colorado and loves to fly-fish, play the piano, and train for triathlons. She graduated from Yale with a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies.

Elvin Merlo

Senior Business Development Associate

Elvin is a University of Richmond graduate who studied International Business and Marketing. His background is in International Sales but his passion is in black lab-shepherd mixes, specifically one named Shadow.

Fan Yang

Software Engineer

Fan loves to solve problems and learn new things. He completed an M.S. in CS from Brown University and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Kentucky.

Gerald Kierce

Senior Customer Success Manager

Gerald studied entrepreneurship and political science at The University of Dayton. He loves startups, world history, traveling, literature, and the possibilities of big data. Oh, and he's Puerto Rican.

Hadley Roberts

Business Development Associate

Hadley is a recent graduate of the University of Richmond with a degree in marketing and finance. She is a professional bargain shopper and loves discovering the hidden gems of D.C.

Hanns Chong

Senior UI/UX Engineer

A UX evangelista, a UI barista, a code monkey, a Photoshop junkie, an Illustrator hippie, and more... with over 15 years background in software and agency experience.

Izzy Geselowitz

Software Engineer

Izzy is originally from the suburbs of New York City, and went to school at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied computer science and philosophy. He loves video games and hiking. His life long dream is to have an Australian Cattle Dog.

Jervis Pinto

Data Scientist

Jervis is interested in problems at the intersection of machine learning, automated planning and software engineering. He enjoys learning from experts via imitation.

John Zoshak

Product Manager

John enjoys bridging the gap between policy and tech every day at FiscalNote. He received his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and his best friend is his greyhound Rocketflamingo.

Jonathan Bass

Business Development Associate

Jon studied history at Princeton University, though his heart lies in the mountains of North Carolina. He appreciates efficiency and college basketball.

Joseph Pak

Business Development Associate

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Joe is obsessed with two things: basketball and startups. Joe studied Political Science and Government at Harvard University.

Justin Scott

Senior VP of Revenue

Justin was previously the VP of Brand Strategy and Sales at Tumblr (acquired by Yahoo!) and the VP and co-head of Sales at Zillow (NASDAQ: Z).

Kaitlyn Ridel

Marketing Content Specialist

A University of Dayton grad, Kaitlyn reported on local governments in Cleveland before taking her journalism career to the Beltway to better serve her passions for public policy and government transparency.

Karen Hodson

Associate Director of Operations

Karen is passionate about growing a start-up with a focus on its greatest assets – the people. She was previously a foundational member of Opower growing it from 5 people to over 400 in less than 6 years and is excited to do it all over again. She has a M.A. in Organizational Management and a B.A. in Economics.

Katelyn Lee

Executive Assistant

Kate’s career has been dedicated to bringing efficiency and enthusiasm to operational and administrative functions of an organization. A proud alumna of William & Mary, she is an avid language learner, a devoted mystery reader, and an aspiring marathon runner.

Kris Salvador

Software Engineer

Kris is a graduate of the University of Maryland in CS and Econ. He works with the FN engineering team to further the company's innovative products. An occasional idealist, Kris someday hopes to live in a world where everyone documents their code and KFC stands for Kris' favorite chicken.

Kyle Buttner

Business Development Associate

Kyle grew up in Texas before leaving for Philadelphia to study at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating, he spent a year in San Francisco working for the British Government's economic development team. Though he misses the West Coast, he loves DC for its people, culture, and lack of fog.

Levon Mkrtchyan

Tech Manager, Platform

Levon is an internal tools specialist with a passion for streamlining routine tasks. He creates workflows that contextualize critical decisions while automating away the tedium.

Lia Cromwell

Business Development Associate

Lia studied Public Policy, Economics, and Spanish at Duke University. She is interested in how big data and policy intersect in business. Lia loves spicy food, coffee, and the Oxford comma.

Lily Ling

Business Development Associate

Lily is a San Francisco native and a Northeastern alumnus. She has a passion for both food and culture. You will find her in New York City spinning and practicing yoga. She is also a football fan and loves the San Francisco Giants.

Luke Lancaster

Software Engineer, Tools and Infrastructure

Luke grew up in San Diego before heading north to Los Angeles, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Southern California. He's since been talked into moving east, where he's managed to adjust to seasonal weather and the joys of public transportation.

Mandy Shen

Junior Designer

Mandy is not just-another-designer. She has an artistic heart and a geeky mind. Her favorite part of DC is watching white collar workers walking on the street.

Marshall Thomason

Senior Accountant

Marshall joined FiscalNote after working in public accounting for the past four years. He is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University where he was a pitcher on the baseball team. When he’s not working, you can find him on a sports field, at a Nats game, or traveling the world.

May Zhai

Software Engineer

May is finally returning home to the DMV after going to school in Pittsburgh and spending some time in San Diego. She loves traveling, running, dogs, and is very excited to work with some awesome people at FN!

Michael Dempsey

Business Development Associate

A native of Washington D.C., Michael joined FiscalNote to help create a more data-driven America. He is beyond thrilled to be working with an incredible team and a product that is truly needed in today's political arena.

Mike Kandel

Senior Business Development Associate

Mike began his career as an entrepreneurial photographer and marketing professional. He earned his BA at The George Washington University and MSC from Cornell University. He enjoys traveling, fitness and eating his way through NYC.

Mike Stubbs

Senior Director of Operations

With his finger on the pulse of FiscalNote’s different teams, Mike’s constantly searching for more efficient ways to go about company operations. A lover of US History, he’s thrilled to work each day in the heart of DC.

Momo Ong

Senior Product Manager

Born a true leader, Momo likes to play video games and basketball. He also likes to learn about new things!

Nate Sullivan

Product Marketing Manager

Nate builds interesting stories that get people excited about awesome things. He loves basketball, loud music, and teaching his cat to play fetch. Despite being a native Rhode Islander, he’s deeply interested in a better functioning government for everyone.

Olivia Mariani

Associate Manager of Lead Generation

Olivia is a digital marketer who merges art and science to create delightful customer experiences. She attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She loves dogs, pizza, and fashion. She wishes she were French.

Palmer Cox

Senior Software Engineer

Palmer has 10+ years of software development experience with a focus on backend technologies.

Patrick Cronan

Business Development Director

Patrick previously worked for Thomson Reuters Legal business "West" for 9 years. Prior to joining Thomson he graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in Political Science.

Peter Tarectecan

Software Engineer

Peter graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park this past May. In February, he interned with FiscalNote as a QA Intern. WORK HARD PLAY HARD!

Rebecca Brown

Business Development Associate

Rebecca graduated from the University of Maryland with degrees in Marketing and Operations Management. She enjoys discovering new music, the Baltimore Ravens, and exploring her Georgetown neighborhood.

Rebekah Kang

Market Development Manager

Experienced with numerous elections in Korea, she became passionate for connecting voters and politicians via technology. She believes in making government data more useful across industries and individuals. She likes jumping off the bridge (bungee jumping) and dogs.

Rishi Banerjee

Policy Manager

Rishi has been involved in the regulatory arena for nearly a decade, with experience in both the public and private sectors, most recently as Director of Regulatory Affairs at the American Frozen Food Institute. He loves fast cars, good food and a gripping political debate.

Rob Bailer

Director of Finance

Rob is a lover of all things data and would choose Excel in the desert island question. When not in the office, Rob is an avid skier, an average runner, and a wannabe piano player.

Robert Wyland

Software Engineer

Rob is an engineer, entrepreneur, and barista. He writes lots of code, builds cool products, and drinks tons of doppio ristretto.

Taj Chadha

VP of Customer Success

Taj has lived and worked in eight countries but considers DC to be the greatest city in the world. He loves working at startups where it is about technology that clients use daily. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

Thomas Guthrie

Business Development Associate

Tom studied International Politics at Georgetown University. He co-founded Youth Voices, a non-profit that recruits and trains young people to run for office. He enjoys running ultramarathons.

Trevor Gurgick

Business Development Associate

Trevor is a public policy nut and entrepreneur by day; artist, musician, and sports “phanatic” by night. He has a passion for people and is constantly looking for a way to better the community around him.

Vanessa Knecht

Associate Director, Business Development

Vanessa’s jet-setting career has included work in digital finance, international trade, and international development. She has an MA from King's College London and BA from the University of Michigan.

Vincent Eberle

Software Engineer

Vince is a startup problem solver and Americorps alumnus that loves the idea of utilizing open data for civic education and transparency. A Pittsburgh native (by way of Austin, TX), he enjoys biking, tinkering on any instrument, and using the word 'yinz.'

Vladimir Eidelman

VP of Research

Vlad loves digging into difficult research problems and broadly opining. He completed his Ph.D. in C.S, as an NSF and NDSEG Fellow, at the University of Maryland and his B.S. in C.S and Philosophy from Columbia University.

Waters Cahill

Business Development Associate

Born and raised in Chicago, Waters holds a BCom from McGill University in International Management and International Relations. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and country music.

Wesley Sluss

DevOps Engineer

With 15+ years of experience in all phases of the software development life cycle, Wesley enjoys writing scripts and enabling others to do great things. In his free time he organizes for the Northern Virginia Sports Car Club.

William Ellis

Business Development Associate

Passionate about politics and green energy, Will earned his BA at Princeton, followed by an MPP in Berlin, Germany. He enjoys most anything involving the outdoors, from working on his family farm in Maine, to sailing and bouldering.

Yojin Yoon

Business Development Associate

Yojin is a graduate of Bowdoin College. She has only lived in "M" states: Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Maine. She loves dogs and classical music.

Erin Hickok

Content Intern

Aside from writing, Erin indulges in exploring the District’s craft donut scene, hiking in Rock Creek Park, and trying bizarre sports such as rugby. She studies International Politics at Georgetown University.

Grant Jung

Quality Assurance Engineer Intern

Grant is currently a junior information systems major at University of Maryland. He served as a scout, Post Exchange manager and the squad leader in the Military Demarcation Line in Korean peninsula. He is a huge fan of trekking, skiing and mountain running.

Jacqueline Chen

Web Design Intern

Jacqueline will happily talk to you about trees, and you’ll find her practicing wushu and League on the same day. She’s the artist and animator behind Chibird and has Photoshopped for 5+ years.

Jason Rubin

Junior Engineer

Juliana Pyo

Business Development Intern

Juliana is currently a freshman at UMCP and is majoring in International Business at the Smith School of Business. At FiscalNote, she assists in prospecting companies/organizations.

Kevin Tian

Junior Developer


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